The Lower Apple River grant focus’ specifically with the two miles from the Xcel Hydoelectric Power Plant, downstream to the confluence of the St. Croix River. The project area includes the Apple River Canyon State Natural Area (SNA), Martell’s Landing Education Center and other privately owned lands. A portion of the project area lies within the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Existing data show quality habitat throughout the project area, and it is heavily used for recreation, primarily canoeing, kayaking and tubing.
This stretch of the Apple River is an important ecological and recreational and scenic resource. However, it faces several key challenges:
Nonprofit and government agencies are currently working on aspects of these problems. But by taking a coordinated approach we can enhance the work of individual partners and achieve a holistic plan that leverages and catalyzes current efforts.
The overarching goal of this project is to secure the long-term protection and improvement of the Lower Apple River through partnership-based management.
Lower Apple River Action Plan Summary
Lower Apple River Project Plan
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